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    I would be grateful if some member edit/edits my composition for me.

    Which word in bold should I use? I'm undecided which word to use because I wonder whether it should be "...some member (could) edit..." (I mean 'could' is implied in the above sentence.)

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: edit/s

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I would be grateful if some member edit/edits my composition for me.

    Which word in bold should I use? I'm undecided which word to use because I wonder whether it should be "...some member (could) edit..." (I mean 'could' is implied in the above sentence.)

    Many thanks.
    I would be grateful if some member would edit my composition.
    If you want to leave out 'could/would', you could write:
    I would be grateful if some member edited my composition.
    This is subjunctive (since it hasn't happened yet); and the form is the same as the past tense form, as in 'If I were president...'
    The subjunctive is not used as much in the form you are asking about; modal verbs are normally used instead.

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